This was Sou Fujimoto’s first exhibition in Vietnam. The event was also Handhome first take on organizing a foreign architect exhibition. The exhibition took 15 months to prepare and 3 months to build.
The exhibition was built with the help of over 30 architecture students from Vietnam. Lead by Nguyen Van Dung, a practicing architect focused on construction techniques, the student were taught model-making and researching skill.
The model was to be built in 1:10 scale in order for the student to understand the every aspect of the project and to create the best viewing experience for the audience.
An event of such scale has never been done before in Vietnam due to the lack of funding, skill training and authentic data of the projects. This time, with the support from the architecture community and from Sou Fujimoto’s office, the student got the opportunity to study his design philosophy through his projects.
15 projects were chosen by Sou Fujimoto and sent along with it data from the office. The technical drawings were closely reviewed by the student through the task of deconstructing and reconstructing the building on 3d-modeling software. Each project was closely studied and rebuilt by a group of 3-5 students in a span of 2-4 weeks, depending on the complexity of the project.
Talks and seminars were also part of the exhibition’s activity framework, with talk prepared by Vietnamese architects and designers on 7th Oct and a out-door session with photographer Iwan Baan and architect Sou Fujimoto on 9th Oct.
“Sou Fujmoto Inspired” area, a unique section of the exhibition, features product designs and art installations made by Vietnamese designers and architects taking inspiration from Sou Fujimoto’s works.